Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois (5 votes)
This year, the NFL invited a record 30 players to the draft. It's an honor, but it can also be a double-edged sword.
After all, no young man wants this to happen.
The panel has selected five candidates who could see a Geno Smith-like slide into Day 2 that leaves one of them as the last man in the green room. Three of those candidates received four or more votes.
AFC East Lead Writer Erik Frenz is among the four voters who agreed with Bryan Fischer of NFL.com that Indiana wide receiver Cody Latimer might want to find a comfortable chair. Fischer wrote:
It's quite possible no receiver has risen in the draft as much as Latimer. He had solid production in college and has a great mix of size and speed to contribute for a number of clubs early on. He also is still recovering from a left foot injury that might continue to keep teams away from him on draft night without the chance to fully evaluate him before May 8.
Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater also garnered four votes. But it was Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo who "won" this honor that no one wants.
Fischer wrote of Garoppolo, who topped 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns last year, "Buzz continues to build around the quick release of Garoppolo, but he nevertheless was a surprising name to find on the list of quarterbacks invited to the draft."
Others Receiving Votes: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville (4 votes); Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana (4 votes); two players (1 vote)